Stephen Richard Figoni, born in California, graduated "With Distinction" in classical guitar in 2004 at the University of Missouri - Kansas City under the guidance of Jim McCutcheon and Douglas Neidt. He attended masterclasses with important masters like Christopher Parkening, Sergio and Adair Assad, Frederic Hand and Jason Vieaux. In Italy, he continued his studies with Maestro Piero Bonaguri, graduating with the highest possible grade (10/10) at the Conservatorio "G. B. Martini" of Bologna. He also attended post-diploma corses held by Maestro Bonaguri at the Istituto Musicale San Marino, the Centro Culturale Manfredini (Bologna) and the Scuola Grande S. Filippo (Faenza). He plays chamber music with the flautist Fulvio Carpanelli, participating in festivals and accompanying meditations for the Basilica of San Domenico. He formed the Tetraccordo quartet together with Raffaello Ravasio, Lidia Battistella and Mirella Gagliardi, creating two shows performed in numerous Italian cities: Sevillana, Four Centuries of Spanish Music for Guitar, and Americas, homage to latin-american music. He collaborated, among others, with the "Arte in Movimento" artistic group in Carpi, Amici dell'Arte in Correggio, Friends of the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Fondazione Bernardo Tolomei in Florence, FISM in Bologna, Istituto Sant'Alberto Magno in Bologna, Benedictine University in Kansas USA, VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center USA. He also "gave a voice" to diverse artistic exhibits by searching connections between the paintings and musical pieces. His personal search in music and contemporary art brought to light the concert: Identity and Horizons, where paintings and artists' quotations accompany the chosen pieces in order to investigate the condition of contemporary man. He now teaches guitar and music in several schools in Bologna, Italy. It was said of him, "...he unites the enthusiasm of the music, ambitious choice of repertoire and mastery of execution."